So, you're back? Good. Wipe the drool off your keyboard and let's get down to business! Wendy's tutorial covered an allover motif she calls Jester Hats. I spent at least an hour trying to doodle repeating jester hats on my iPad before I began quilting.
|My Jester Hat doodles, drawn in FREE Paper app for iPad in the waiting room at the pediatrician's office|
|More Jester doodles in Drawing Pad app for iPad|
I used a pretty fat quarter of batik fabric with ugly Bob the Builder backing fabric and a scrap of Hobbs Heirloom Tuscany Silk batting, a 75 Schmetz Quilting needle, and 40 weight YLI variegated machine quilting thread for this sample. You can see the jester hat pattern better from the back... and it looks much better from a distance. Trust me!
|My Jester Hats, Backing Side Up|
I had trouble visualizing the jester hats, so then I tried thinking about them as the number 3, or as chubby little baby tushies, or mushrooms that turn into the horns of a ram. With the contrasting thread color against the backing fabric, every awkward "oops" jumps out at you. But if I was stitching this in a thread color that blended into the background fabric, I think you'd just get the effect of the pretty texture without the mistakes being so glaringly obvious. Here's what the sample piece looks like from the front:
|My Jester Hat Sample, Right Side Up|
|The View from 6"|
Meanwhile, I'm about halway finished with the free-motion paisley fill on Lars's Drunken Dragons quilt. I'm a little nervous about how densley quilted the circles are compared to the rest of the quilt, and I hope that the whole thing will get softer and snuggly again after I wash it for the first time. I do like the way the paisleys look, though, and I never would have believed that I could quilt this design at all if you'd asked me a month ago. If I can learn to quilt paislies, then surely I will learn to quilt jester hats with more practice!
|FMQ Paislies on Lars's Drunken Dragons Quilt (In-Progress)|
Okay, enough blogging -- back to quilting!
looks good to me
Your hats look great. Thanks for the tip about the iPad app. I got iy and am getting in lots of practice.
You have really GREAT curves in your Jesters Hats! I don't see anything wrong with them at all - they are supposed to be a rather free-form design and with the soft curviness yours look perfect in my book! I've only stitched a few of these on my practice block and as you said it's always hard to maintain the next direction so there aren't open areas or dead-ends. I don't worry too much about it, though, I just tie off and start again - the overall design and patterned fabric hide these things well! (at least I tell myself that, LOL)
I just got an iPhone, so I'm going to check out that app! You did a great job - I love the variegated thread and your work!
I've been drawing this pattern on paper and will soon try sewing on my machine. I love how yours came out. I find it hard to keep the pattern going. I can draw one or two of them and then I'm stuck! Deceptively hard! Hope mine come out as good as yours.
Your Jester hats are fantastic! The variegated thread is wonderful! Obviously, my trouble was visualization - I didn't think of chubby little baby tushies!!! ~Jeanne
Your jester quilting looks soooo much better than mine! And, in a twisted sort of way, I feel better. Not all of my jester hats are pointed. I'm not alone! LOL! I like your style!
Yours turned out much better than mine did!! I have an empty space in the middle because I couldn't get it go to where I wanted it to go. More practice needed for sure. I won't be doing any more FMQ for over a month as we are on a long camping trip, so I will have to continue in October. I have a featherweight for piecing, but not FMQing.
Hi Rebecca ! Your work on Chester hats is amazing and I understand better now your post on my blog. Thanks a lot for sharing !
Your Jester's Hat quilting looks GORGEOUS!!! I love how you have used the variegated thread for an extra special spin on the motif!!! Well done. Take a deep bow - you deserve it. :)
Beautiful! I will use your idea of the number 3.
You did a fantastic job with your Jesters Hat. I had to do a serious look as they are so perfect I thought it was computerized. Great work.
I have to agree with Darlene..they look perfect to me...wait til I do mine....you want a laugh...lol
Your jester hats look wonderful!
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